I’m so old that I used to spend a lot of time in record stores, first flipping through vinyl editions and then switching to the more convenient, but a little sadder, CD format.
But that time is over. I hardly buy a few CDs anymore, almost only in connection with concerts or festivals where you can also have a chat with the artist. I’re starting to realize that I actually miss those times when you could spend an hour standing and flipping through the records in the music store.
Now a new music store has opened in Stockholm, and it’s hard not to feel a little cautiously enthusiastic. Cosmos Music Store will not only sell records (both vinyl and CD of course). It will also offer concert tickets, books, movies and exclusive special editions. And last but not least, there will be live performances in the store. Suddenly it feels as if the visit to the record store is justified again – maybe this is the solution for a crisis-hit niche of stores?
I should of course mention that we already have Pet Sounds on Skånegatan in Stockholm, a record store with a café section, which is so popular that the rumor has spread far beyond Sweden’s borders. The store is now listed in most travel guides to Stockholm. We can only hope that Cosmos Music Store also manages to find an audience, because it is a fantastic experience to spend some free time in a well-stocked record store.
/ Mats at Studioredaktionen